Attorney General of Maryland

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Maryland Attorney General
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2014 FY Budget:  $26,873,559
Term limits:  None
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Maryland Constitution, Article 5, Section 1
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

AG Gansler at his desk.jpg
Name:  Doug Gansler
Officeholder Party:  Democratic
Assumed office:  2006
Compensation:  $125,000
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Last election:  November 2, 2010
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The Attorney General of Maryland is the chief legal officer of the State of Maryland in the United States and is elected by the people every four years with no term limits. To run for the office a person must be a citizen of and qualified voter in Maryland and must have resided and practiced law in the state for at least ten years.

Current officeholder

The current officeholder is Doug Gansler. He first won election in 2006 and his current term expires in 2014.


The office of the Attorney General is established by Article 5, Section 1 of the Maryland Constitution.

Article 5, Section 1:

There shall be an Attorney-General elected by the qualified voters of the State, on general ticket, on the Tuesday next after the first Monday in the month of November...


Here is a list of the standard qualifications necessary under Maryland State Law in order to be considered for the Office of State Attorney General:

  • "No person shall be eligible to the office of Attorney General, who is not a citizen of this State, and a qualified voter therein, and has not resided and practiced Law in this State for at least ten years." (Maryland Constitution, Article V § 4)


Maryland elects attorney generals in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Maryland, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all attorney general election years.


The state Constitution addresses vacancies in the office of attorney general in Article V, Section 5.

In case of vacancy in the office of Attorney General, occasioned by death, resignation, removal from the State, or from office, or other disqualification, the Governor shall appoint a person to fill the vacancy for the residue of the term.


The attorney general has general charge, supervision and direction of the legal business of the state. He or she is the legal advisor and representative of the governor, the General Assembly, the Judiciary, and the major departments, various boards, commissions, officials and institutions of state government. The office further represents the state in all cases pending in the Appellate Courts of the state, and in the United States Supreme Court and lower Federal Courts.


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Campaign finance

Main article: Campaign finance requirements for Maryland ballot measures

The Attorney General of Maryland is responsible for prosecuting criminal violations of Maryland's campaign finance laws. All civil violations are prosecuted by the local prosecuting attorney. If someone feels a person or committee violated Maryland's campaign finance laws, the first step is to file a complaint with the Maryland State Board of Elections. It is up to the Commissioner of the State Board of Elections to investigate the complaint before referring it to the Attorney General or the local prosecuting attorney. [1]

State budget

The Attorney General's budget for fiscal year 2014 was $26,873,559.[2]


In 2010, the Maryland Attorney General was paid an estimated $125,000 according to the Council of State Governments.[3]

Historical officeholders

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Contact information

Office of the Attorney General
200 Saint Paul Place
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: 410-576-6300
Toll Free Phone: 1-888-743-0023

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  1. [Contacted Maryland Attorney General's and Secretary of State's Office on 1-5-2010 to confirm this information]
  2. 2013 Laws of Maryland, "Chapter 423, Budget Bill (Fiscal Year 2014)," 7-9, accessed June 27, 2013]
  3. The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved August 13, 2011